Although you may have not heard of this Atlanta-based quintet, Trances Arc could one day eclipse the popularity of most acts found on eMusic. Or the band could simply remain a reminder of the days when Nirvana and R.E.M. were running things, back when weighty abstractions married to instantly familiar pop-rock anthems actually dominated radio.
Singer Eric Toledo's prematurely aged whine simultaneously suggests both Kurt Cobain and Michael Stipe, but the similarities transcend mere tone. There's an ambiguous fire to his delivery that deepens the ample hooks and thickens his lyrical mystery. What is he thinking? The answer isn't as clear as his ample melodies, or as the surrounding guitars that ring and twang and growl and howl with a finessed urgency.
Without sounding the least bit studied, Trances Arc upholds early ’90s alternative rumble as the new classic rock. Nearly every track comes as catchy and compelling as the one before, and the straightforward production suggests that the fivesome won't falter when these rugged tunes hit the road.